George MacDonald, in his book Donal Grant, helps us see again the mystery that, for the Christian, living and dying are not enemies but friends.
“He who turns his back on the setting sun goes to meet the rising sun; he
who loses his life shall find it. Donal had lost his past–but not so as to be
ashamed. There are many ways of losing! His past had but crept, like the
dead, back to God who gave it; in better shape it would be his by and by.
Already he had begun to foreshadow this truth: God would keep it for him.”
– from the SSU Prayer Book for Aug. 27